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LightSquared's proposed 'solution' to GPS issue is a non-starter
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LightSquared sought quick FCC action on its plans to deploy 40,000 ground stations and a tight deadline for conducting the industry’s Technical Working Group study on the problem of interference with GPS signals. But LightSquared then asked for postponement of the deadline for completing the interference study and unilaterally — before either completion or submission of the study — announced its so-called "solution."

Click here for more on this situation from FSMS District 6 Director Richard D. Pryce.

Why the GPS industry needs to work with LightSquared
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It's in everyone interests to find a solution to LightSquared's GPS interference problems, if one exists. If they don't, there are serious consequences for future mobile broadband networks. More

Is surveying a career for your son or daughter?
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We recently completed our spring semester at George Mason University. On the last day of a class that provides instruction on engineering and surveying computations, one of the students asked if surveying was a good career to get in to. Let's say it was your son/daughter who asked if you thought it would be a good career choice for them. What would you say? More

Seminar: Surveying Body of Knowledge
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About two years ago, ACSM established a committee to develop a body of knowledge for the surveying profession. The committee has produced a document delineating 5 core knowledge areas of surveying and several others in which surveyors engage. The committee's work will be presented at the Survey Summit at a seminar given on behalf of the committee by Joshua Greenfeld. A draft of the Surveying Body of Knowledge document will be made available to the surveying community for comments and discussion following the presentation at the Survey Summit in July. More

Seminar: Engaging with Science & Technology
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For professions to grow, their members need to understand how technological innovation impacts their practices and encourages new innovation and entrepreneurship. But understanding the technical underpinnings of a profession is not enough; professionals must help spread public understanding of the technology they use to provide services to the public. In a world of increasingly "georeferenced public life and services," surveyors and mappers have a unique opportunity to increase the public's literacy in geospatial technology — engage with it on the basis of fact, not emotion. More

CST Board: 19 passed CST exam in May
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The CST Board is proud to announce that 19 individuals passed a CST exam in May. Of these, 12 individuals completed the Level I requirements of the certification, five completed the Level II requirements and two completed Level III. More

Report: $18 billion in subsidies provided to commercial GPS industry
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A report by Coleman Bazelon, a principal of The Brattle Group, shows that the commercial Global Positioning System industry has received an estimated $18 billion in implicit subsidies from the U.S. government and is essentially using the GPS satellite network at no cost. In contrast, commercial wireless broadband providers must invest billions of dollars in building and maintaining a network of transmission sites and satellites, and ensuring that there is no interference with GPS receivers. More

Do the 'hot topics' in geospatial unite or divide us?
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Directions Magazine Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg contributed to and reports about the sixth annual New York State GeoSpatial Summit. She came away wondering if all the political, technical, economic and social challenges facing geospatial are uniting or dividing us. More

Pipeline route selection: A GIS jumpstart for international growth
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By the end of 2011, 7 billion inhabitants will stake claim to Earth's resources. Data obtained from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show world energy consumption increasing by 45 percent from 2011 to 2035. As the world population soars to nearly 8.5 billion in 2035, energy experts emphasize that the largest energy demand will come from developing nations. More

Pipelines, black swans and data governance
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On September 9, 2010, a gas transmission pipeline rupture in San Bruno, Calif., killed eight people and caused extensive property damage. The subsequent National Transportation Safety Board investigation revealed that some records in the operator's Geographic Information System were inaccurate. The finding is significant because federal law requires pipeline operators to perform data-driven risk analysis as a part of federally mandated pipeline integrity management. More

Editorial: Setting boundaries on geotracking data
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A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill in Congress to set boundaries on the use of GPS information, including requirements that police establish probable cause and get warrants before obtaining geolocation data from private companies. It's a strong and useful piece of legislation that would bring laws into line with technological advances and set clear standards for private companies and law enforcement. More

Esri creates ocean basemap
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Esri created and released a new, comprehensive map of the world's oceans and coastal areas. The Ocean Basemap is now available as a cached map service in ArcGIS Online. The first basemap of its kind, the Ocean Basemap is designed to support a variety of maritime GIS applications. More

Job of the Week: University of Alaska Anchorage
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The University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Geomatics seeks a new faculty member.

Does the challenge of teaching on the Last Frontier appeal to you? Do you have a broad range of geomatics skills and experience to contribute to the program? Do you want to work with an innovative team, in a growing program that is an important part of the UAA School of Engineering? Then apply today!

Groundwater: Cities, suburbs and growth areas — Remedying the past/managing for the future
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The National Ground Water Association is hosting a conference in August to discuss the past and future of groundwater management. For more information, visit the National Ground Water Association Web site.

earthmine named Autodesk AEC Industry Partner, unveils extension for AutoCAD Map 3D
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earthmine announced it is now an Autodesk AEC Industry Partner, along with the immediate availability of its latest addition to the earthmine desktop product suite, earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D. More

PCI supports deployment of GXL System on Amazon Cloud
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PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of geo-imaging software and systems, has successfully deployed a high speed image production system to the Amazon Cloud in support of Esri's ArcGIS Online platform, to process and make available high resolution imagery content. More

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